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Automation poses a high risk to 1.2m Scottish jobs, report says. Image copyright Getty Images.

Automation poses a high risk to 1.2m Scottish jobs, report says

The Second Machine Age. Stream or download the latest Tech Tent podcastListen to previous episodes on the BBC websiteListen live every Friday at 15:00 GMT on the BBC World Service From driverless cars to smartphone apps offering instant translation, the evidence of rapid progress in artificial intelligence is now clear to see.

The Second Machine Age

On this week's Tech Tent we report on two tech giants, Facebook and Baidu, which are spending heavily on artificial intelligence research. Hermes begins trial using self-driving robots in London. Image copyright SIMON BIRT Courier company Hermes has announced a trial of self-driving robots in the London borough of Southwark.

Hermes begins trial using self-driving robots in London

The six-wheeled robots from Starship Technologies will be used to collect parcels rather than deliver them. The project follows a pilot scheme in Germany in which the robots delivered parcels to several suburbs in the city of Hamburg. The growth of industrial robots. YOU may never have heard of FANUC, the world’s largest maker of industrial robots.

The growth of industrial robots

But the chances are that you own a product built by one of its 400,000 machines. Established in 1956, the Japanese company’s automated workers build cars for Ford and Tesla, and metal iPhone cases for Apple. Robotic barman pours Rory a pint. Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 staff with AI. Image copyright AFP Science fiction has long imagined a future in which humans are ousted from their jobs by machines.

Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 staff with AI

For 34 staff at a Japanese insurance firm, that vision just became a reality. Thousands of jobs lost as Foxconn fully automates its factories. Apple supplier Foxconn may be getting rid of its human workforce.

Thousands of jobs lost as Foxconn fully automates its factories

The company is apparently set to automate its factories in three phases — and it has already completed the automation process at some of its plants, Dai Jia-peng, general manager in Foxconn’s Automation Technology Development Committee, said in an interview with Digitimes. The move highlights a growing trend within the tech industry and beyond; human involvement is kept to a minimum to both speed up productivity and, in the long run, save money on things like wages. More: Foxconn employee charged with stealing nearly 6,000 iPhones worth $1.5 milllion So what exactly are the phases? In the first, factories are equipped with robots at individual workstations. The second phase is implementing robots in entire production lines. As mentioned, some plants have already reached the third stage. NOBEL ECONOMIST: 'I don’t think globalisation is anywhere near the threat that robots are' Economist Angus Deaton.

NOBEL ECONOMIST: 'I don’t think globalisation is anywhere near the threat that robots are'

REUTERS/Dominick Reuter A Nobel Prize-winning economist has warned that the rise in robotics and automation could destroy millions of jobs across the world. Angus Deaton, who won the Nobel Prize last year for his work on health, wealth, and inequality, told the Financial Times he believes robots are a much greater threat to employment in the US than globalisation. Addressing the theory that Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections was fueled by a backlash against globalisation, Deaton told the FT: "Globalisation for me seems to be not first-order harm and I find it very hard not to think about the billion people who have been dragged out of poverty as a result.

I don’t think that globalisation is anywhere near the threat that robots are. " Robots and Industrialization in developing countries. Artificial Intelligence, Automation and the Economy. AI will eliminate 6 percent of jobs in five years, says report. Within five years robots and so-called intelligent agents will eliminate many positions in customer service, trucking and taxi services, amounting to 6 percent of jobs, according to a Forrester report.

AI will eliminate 6 percent of jobs in five years, says report

"By 2021, a disruptive tidal wave will begin," said Brian Hopkins, VP at Forrester, in the report. "Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology will displace jobs, with the biggest impact felt in transportation, logistics, customer service, and consumer services. " Intelligent agents, chat bots and digital assistants include Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Alphabet's GoogleNow and Facebook's Messenger bots. Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage. Computers, intelligent machines, and robots seem like the workforce of the future.

Elon Musk: Robots will take your jobs, government will have to pay your wage

And as more and more jobs are replaced by technology, people will have less work to do and ultimately will be sustained by payments from the government, predicts Elon Musk, the iconic Silicon Valley futurist who is the founder and CEO of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX. According to Musk, there really won't be any other options. "There is a pretty good chance we end up with a universal basic income, or something like that, due to automation," says Musk to CNBC. "Yeah, I am not sure what else one would do.

I think that is what would happen. " In a country with universal basic income, each individual gets a regular check from the government. The real reason this elephant chart is terrifying – NewCo Shift. It’s been called the “elephant graph”: starting low at the tail on the left, gradually rising up to the top of the elephant’s head, sliding down his face and then back up as if he were raising his trunk proudly.

The real reason this elephant chart is terrifying – NewCo Shift

What it’s charting is global cumulative real income growth during the 20-year period from 1988 to 2008: how much people’s income has gone up or down, at every percentile, around the world. It was created by Branko Milanovic, Visiting Presidential Professor, Graduate Center, City University of New York and Senior Scholar, Luxembourg Income Center, and and Christoph Lakner, an Economist in the Development Research Group (Poverty & Inequality team) at the World Bank. Robots to Replace Delivery Drivers in UK, Europe. Delivery drivers in the UK, Germany, and Switzerland are getting a makeover. London-based Starship Technologies is building a fleet of autonomous robots designed to deliver goods locally.

Initial partners—European food delivery company Just Eat, German parcel delivery service Hermes, German retailer Metro Group, and London food delivery start-up Pronto—will test roaming robots in five cities. “Cut!” - the AI director. From Ex Machina to Terminator, artificial intelligence has long been a subject for film-makers. But what if AI could actually make a movie? At the Cannes Lions advertising festival on Thursday morning, an audience was shown a series of short films in the annual New Directors Showcase, which highlights emerging talent. More EU Lunacy - Robots Should Pay Social Security Taxes For The Pensions They Won't Get. As Bismark pointed out the law is like sausage – often yummy and useful but you really don’t want to watch either being made.

IBM, Local Motors ready to commercialize autonomous bus. Does a bus really need a driver? IBM and crowd-sourcing automotive outfit Local Motors don't think so, as their new Olli concept recently demonstrated on the roads near Washington, D.C. ALSO SEE: Deployable mobile tire spikes could stop you in your tracks Calling Olli a concept might be a bit misleading, however, since by the end of the year Local Motors and IBM plan to have a fleet of autonomous, on demand buses just like Olli shuttling people around the Maryland side of the National Harbor shopping center along the Potomac River. Similar program are set to follow in Miami, Las Vegas and a few other locations around the globe.

Pepper robot to work in Belgian hospitals. Image copyright AZ Damiaan hospital Pepper, the humanoid robot programmed to "understand" human emotions, is to take a new job - as a receptionist in two Belgian hospitals. It will be the robot's first foray into healthcare after previous deployments in shopping centres, banks and train stations. The future of the IoT job market. Editorial sobre Automatización. Artificially Intelligent Lawyer “Ross” Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm. Bot Framework. Microsoft launches Bot Framework to let developers build their own chatbots.

Microsoft today is introducing the Bot Framework, a new tool in preview to help developers build their own chatbots for their applications. There is also a new bot directory full of sample bots — like the BuildBot — that Microsoft is showing off today at the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco. A BotBuilder software development kit (SDK) is available on GitHub under an open source MIT license.

These bots can be implemented into a variety of applications, including Slack or Telegram or text messages or even email. “Bots are like new applications,” Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said. “And digital assistants are meta apps, or like the new browsers. Obama: Some jobs 'are just not going to come back' As Facebook, Google, Microsoft invest in AI, this is the outlook for banking. Google launches conversation-based Assistant. Forbes Welcome. Agiletown: the relentless march of technology and London’s response.

Deloitte - The impact of technology on jobs in the UK. This KFC in China now uses robots to take customers’ orders. Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots' Image copyright Getty Images Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit. " China is investing heavily in a robot workforce. In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations" but denied that it meant long-term job losses.

"We are applying robotics engineering and other innovative manufacturing technologies to replace repetitive tasks previously done by employees, and through training, also enable our employees to focus on higher value-added elements in the manufacturing process, such as research and development, process control and quality control. Fmr. McDonald's USA CEO: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour. As fast-food workers across the country vie for $15 per hour wages, many business owners have already begun to take humans out of the picture.